Mother of 6 using Facebook to help other Detroiters

Forget the selfies and the humble bragging, one small local group is using Facebook to serve others and not themselves.

They call their page Detroiters Helping Each Other, and at the helm is Jessica ramirez. She's a mother of six who knows what it's like to be down and out.

"At one time I was homeless. I lived on the streets. I had a rough life myself, so I know what it's like. So, if i can give back to someone else and put a smile on one person's face each day than my day is done," she says.

In 2013, Ramirez started the Facebook page with the sole purpose of connecting those in need with those who had items they could spare. 

"It's a community effort. The saying I use is, 'Teamwork makes the dream work.' We might be the middle point, but by us posting it's everybody else coming together to help somebody," she says. "If someone contacts on our page saying they need help, like if they had a fire, we'll get their sizes; we'll help them with furniture; we'll make a post asking if anyone has any of the items that are needed. "

When Ramirez ran out of room to keep the donated items in her basement, she decided to open a community store in southwest Detroit where folks in crisis begin to rebuild their lives.

Ramirez and her friends also rescue neglected animals, hand out supplies to the homeless and feed the hungry several times a month.  

"It makes us feel good because it's one less person out here struggling. They can focus on another goal they need to accomplish," she says. 

LINK: Click here for the Facebook page 

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